HETRICK, JOHN

Local History Collections

Collection ID: 285
Location: LH 258

(Description ID: 595338)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential

 Center


John Hetrick


LH-258




Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Transcriptons


Introduction


The Civil War correspondence of John Hetrick was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by his descendants in 1993. The Center holds additional manuscript collections containing Civil War correspondence of men who served in the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.



Biographical Sketch


John Hetrick, son of George and Catherine (Henricks) Hetrick, was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, April 4, 1840. On January 5, 1861, he married Josephine C. Ribel. Nine months later, John enlisted as a private in Co. C of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry organized in Sandusky County. In February of 1862, he left Ohio with the regiment destined for Paducah, Kentucky. He took part in the Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862. George Hetrick, Jr., brother of John, joined the 72nd OVI six months later. He served as a substitute for Peter Hetrick, a third brother. John participated in all of the engagements involving the 72nd with the exception of the Battle of Guntown. At that time, he was on detached service delivering prisoners to Vicksburg. Disillusioned with "soldiering" and concerned about his health, Hetrick did not re-enlist in February of 1864. He was formally discharged December 14, 1864. Upon his arrival home, John, his wife Josephine, and daughter Alice (born shortly after his enlistment) immediately departed for Eaton County, Michigan. John purchased a farm near the village of Dimondale where he and Josephine raised six children. Upon John's retirement from farming, he and Josephine moved into the village of Dimondale. John died in 1934 at the home of his eldest child in Lansing, Michigan.


Scope and Content


The bulk of the collection consists of the letters written by John Hetrick to his wife during his term of service as a private in Co. C, 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry from February of 1862 through November of 1864. The remaining letters were written by Sandusky County family members to the Hetricks during their first years in Eaton County, Michigan. Hetrick's letters document the activities and movements of the 72nd, particularly during the regiment's time in and around Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, Hetrick provides a first-hand account of the rear-guard action at Old Town Creek where the regiment's beloved Major Eugene Rawson was mortally wounded.


Inventory


Ac. 5260

Correspondence, 1862-1892

50 items


CORRESPONDENCE, 1862 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):


     To JCH dtd "Paduckey Cantuckey," 23 Feb 1862 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Near Corenth," 3 May 1862 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee," 3 Aug 1862 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 8 Sep 1862 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 23 Sep 1862 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 14 Nov 1862 lp ALS


CORRESPONDENCE, 1863 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):


     To JCH dtd "Camp near Moscow Tennessee," 2 Jan 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd n.p., 3 Feb 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "White Station, Tennessee," 7 Feb 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Wight Station, tenesee," 10 Mar 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp near Hellena Arcansan," 18 Mar [18]63 lp AL John Hetrick (incomplete)

     To JCH dtd "Camp near Vixburk," 24 May 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vixburk," 9 Jun 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd n.p., 25 Jun 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp at Black river, Miss," 5 Jly 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp near Bears Crick", 28 Jly 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp at Bears Crick," 6 Aug 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp on Oak Ridge Miss," 6 Sep 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Vicksburgk Mississippi," 20 Oct 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vickburk," 27 Oct 1863 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vicksburg," 2 Nov 1863 2pp, ALS

     To JCH dtd "Germantown tenn," 19 Nov 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis," 26 Nov 1863 lp ALS


     To JCH dtd "Germantown tennesee," 1 Dec 1863 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "German town tennesee," 22 Dec 1863 ALS


CORRESPONDENCE, 1864 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):


     To JCH dtd "Germantown Tennesee," 15 Jan 1864 4pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 25 Feb 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennesee," 9 Apr 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 10 May 1864 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 1 Jun 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 16 Jun 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 27 Jun 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "LaGrange Tennesee," 25 Jun 1864 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis tennesee," 24 Jly 1864 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennesee," 28 Jly 1864 lp ALS

     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 30 Aug 1864 2pp ALS

     To JCH dtd "State of MO Town of Otterville," 19 Oct 1864 2pp ALS

     To "my dear husband" [John Hetrick) dtd Washington Township Sandusky County Ohio,"

        1 Nov 1864 2pp Josephine Hetrick ALS

     To JCH dtd "St. Louis," 21 Nov 1864 lp ALS


CORRESPONDENCE TO JOHN & JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK, 1865-1892:


     To "Dear brother" [John Hetrick] dtd "east Port Miss," 24 Jan 1[8]65 (written for brother

        George Hetrick by W.H. Myers with an added note by Myers) lp W.H. Myers ALS

     To "My dear son" [John Hetrick] dtd "Fremont Sandusky County Ohio," 31 Mar 1865

        Catherine Hetrick ALS; "now brother" [John Hetrick] Peter G Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick

        ALS (brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick)

     To "Son in law & Daughters" [John Hetrick and ?] dtd Fremont, Ohio, 3 Aug 1865 lp

        Eve Himmelberger, Moses Himmelberger ALS

     To "my dear brother" [John Hetrick] dtd "Fremont Sandusky County," 1 Feb 1866 lp

        Peter G. Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick [brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick] ALS

     To "My Dear Brother," (John Hetrick] dtd n.p., 5 Dec 1869 Daniel and Sarah Hensel lp ALS

     To "Dear Wife" (Josephine C. Hetrick] dtd "Camp Alger Washington, D.C., 23 Sep 1892

        2pp John Hetrick ALS


MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS:


     Printed copies of 72nd OVI Reunion Minutes (2) 1885, 1886

     Discharge Certificate of Pvt. John Hetrick, 14 Dec 1864

     Printed copy of poem entitled "Reward of Merit" by Levi C. Wolfe, Teacher, n.d.



TRANSCRIPTIONS OF THE LETTERS OF JOHN HETRICK by LORIE NEUMAN


Index/Inventory

Correspondence, 1862-1892 51 items


1862 Correspondence

Letter 1 To JCH dtd “Paduckey Cantuckey,” 23 Feb 1862 1p

Letter 2 To JCH dtd “Near Corenth,” 3 May 1862 1p

Letter 3 To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. 1p

Letter 4 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee,” 3 Aug 1862 2pp Included two soldier’s hymns

Letter 5 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 8 Sep 1862 2pp (portions illegible)

Letter 6 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p

Letter 6b To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p

Letter 7 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 14 Nov 1862 1p


1863 Correspondence

Letter 8 To JCH dtd “Camp near Moscow Tennessee,” 2 Jan 1863 1p

Letter 9 To JCH dtd n.p., 3 Feb 1863 1p

Letter 10 To JCH dtd “White Station, Tennessee,” 7 Feb 1863 2pp

Letter 11 To JCH dtd “Wite Station, tenesee,” 10 Mar 1863 2pp

Letter 12 To JCH dtd “Camp near Hellena Arcansan,” 18 Mar [18]63 1p AL John Hetrick (incomplete)

Letter 13 To JCH dtd “Camp near Vixburk,” 24 May 1863 1p

Letter 14 To JCH dtd “Camp near Vixburk,” 9 Jun 1863 1p

Letter 15 To JCH dtd n.p., 25 Jun 1863 1p

Letter 16 To JCH dtd “Camp at Black river, Miss,” 5 Jly 1863 1p

Letter 17 To JCH dtd “Camp near Bears Crick,” 28 Jly 1863 2pp

Letter 18 To JCH dtd “Camp at Bears Crick,” 6 Aug 1863 2pp

Letter 19 To JCH dtd “Camp on Oak Ridge Miss,” 6 Sep 1863 2pp

Letter 20 To JCH dtd “Vicksburgk Mississippi,” 20 Oct 1863 2pp

Letter 21 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vickburk,” 27 Oct 1863 2pp

Letter 22 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vicksburg,” 2 Nov 1863 2pp

Letter 23 To JCH dtd Germantown tenn,” 19 Nov 1863 1p

Letter 24 To JCH dtd Memphis,” 26 Nov 1863 1p

Letter 25 To JCH dtd “Germantown Tennesee,” 1 Dec 1863 1p

Letter 26 To JCH dtd Germantown tennesee,” 22 Dec 1863


1864 Correspondence

Letter 27 To JCH dtd “Germantown Tennesee,” 15 Jan 1864 4pp

Letter 28 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 25 Feb 1864 1p

Letter 29 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennesee,” 9 Apr 1864 1p

Letter 30 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 10 May 1864 2pp

Letter 31 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 1 Jun 1864 1p

Letter 32 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 16 Jun 1864 1p

Letter 33 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 27 Jun 1864 1p

Letter 34 To JCH dtd “LaGrange Tennesee,” 25 Jun 1864 2pp

Letter 35 To JCH dtd Memphis tennesee,” 24 Jly 1864 2pp

Letter 36 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 28 Jly 1864 1p

Letter 37 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 30 Aug 1864 2pp

Letter 38 To JCH dtd “State of MO Town of Otterville,” 19 Oct 1864 2pp

Letter 39 To “my dear husband” [John Hetrick] dtd Washington Township Sandusky County Ohio,” 1 Nov

1864 2pp from Josephine C. Hetrick to John Hetrick

Letter 40 To JCH dtd St. Louis,” 21 Nov 1864 1p (portions illegible)

Letter 41 Discharge papers

Letter 42 To “Dear brother” [John Hetrick] dtd “east Port Miss,” 24 Jan 1[8]65 (written for brother George

Hetrick by W.H. Myers with an added note by Myers) 1p W.H. Myers

Letter 43 To “My dear son” [John Hetrick] dtd “Fremont Sandusky County Ohio,” 31 Mar 1865 Catherine

Hetrick; “now brother” [John Hetrick] Peter G. Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick (brother and sister-in-law of

John Hetrick)

Letter 44 To “Son in law & Daughters” [John Hetrick and Josephine and Elizabeth] dtd Fremont, Ohio, 3 Aug

1865 1p Eve Himmelberger, Moses Himmelberger

Letter 45 To “my dear brother” [John Hetrick] dtd Fremont Sandusky County,” 1 Feb 1866 1p Peter G.

Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick [brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick]

Letter 46 To “My Dear Brother,” [John Hetrick] dtd n.p., 5 Dec 1869 Daniel

and Sarah Hensel 1p

Letter 47 To “Dear Wife” [Josephine C. Hetrick] dtd “Camp Alger Washington,

D.C., 23 Sep 1892 2pp John Hetrick

Letter 48 To JCH dtd Memphis Tenn” 14 Mar 1863 4pp



Letter 1 To JCH dtd “Padukey Cantuckey,” 23 Feb 1862 1p


Feb. 23, 1862 Sadukey Cantucky


My dear wife I have setet my self to day with the greatest of plesher to let you no that I am well at present time and I hope these few lines may find you all well further I will let you no that we arrived hear safe yesterday at two o’clock we left camp Chase on the 14 came to Cincinnati. There we got on the steam boat went to Madison Indiana came there at five in the morning left at 10 then we came to luisvill Kentuckey at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. There we had to get off the boat and march three miles to another boat for the boat was to big that we was on they couldn’t get it over the falls then it was night till we started again we came to [Kenalton] Indiana at two at night and left it at 12 then we came to Shaney Town at 10 in the evening and lade there till morning then we went on to paducah came there yesterday at two o’clock in the afternoon then we had to stay on the boat till this morning till we found a place to stay there was twenty regiments here on boats when we came hear that did not know where to go to but this morning they went on further to find a place to land and how many regiments are hear in camp I can’t tell but there are no less than 10 or 12 and there are still more coming in further I will let you no that we have Spring hear it is warm hear the leaves are acoming out and the birds are asinging and all the boys are running bare footed and I think we have to go where it is warmer yet before long but maybe we don’t have to stay very long if we got luck. Direct your letters to John Hetrick Kentuckey paducka Company C 72 regiment [rig o u] in care of Captain Snyder. So now I don’t know much more to write but you must excuse my bad writing for I had no ink and a poor place to write on a board pile we had to leave camp Chase sooner then I thought we would but them letters that came there after we left will follow us so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand I still think about you you must try and take care of yourself till I come back and I will do the same. John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick.

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Letter 2 To JCH dtd “Near Corenth,” 3 May 1862 1p


Near Corenth

   May the 31th 1862


Dear beloved I take this present opportunity today to write a few lines to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may find you the same and all the rest further I will let you no good news but I expect you have heard it before this comes to hand Corenth is evacuatet they left yesterday morning and burned everything that they couldn’t take along and agood many houses we marched through the city yesterday noon and about a mile on the other side but we went back in the evening to our brestworks about two miles on this side of Corinth our regiment didn’t get the chance to fire a gun but I am well satisfied the way it went for I still expected a hard battle here but the last move we made scared them out for we was only about three quarters of a mile from their brestworks on the twenty eights we made the last move we camped eight times since we left camp Shilo and made five brestworks the last one we made we commenced at twelve o’clock in the night for we didn’t no what minet they would come on us for there was midlen hard fighting on the center and on the left wing for two days but it was the most commanding general pope commanded the left wing Buel the center.


Tomes the rite ware wing Ware the seventy second was it is warm and dry hear water is getting scarce here for such a big army but I don’t know how long we will stay hear yet maybe not very long but I hope that this war will be settled before so that we can all go home before long for I think I could enjoy myself better if I was with you then I can hear laying around in the woods like sheep now I don’t know much more to write for this time but if I could be with you I could tell agood deal more noose. So now I must bring my letter to a close for I am tired I was washing all for noon for I hadn’t a chance to wash since we left camp Shilo so no more but my best respect to you all. Write soon and don’t forget your husband John Hetrick to his beloved wife Josephine C. Hetrick so good bye for this time.


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Letter 3 To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. 1p


Summer 1862

(Supposition based on reference to baby’s name)


My dear wife I take this present opportunity today to write a few lines to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may find you the same further I will let you no that I received your letter yesterday and I was very glad to hear from you again and you wrote that you moved up to my mothers and I think you have a good home there and I hope that you can stay there till I come back again if I ever come back which I hope I will and you wrote that the girl has a name and I am well satisfied with the name but I would be better satisfied if I could be there you and could see my girl wonst but as it is I can’t be with you now but I hope the time will soon come that we will come together again but I am better satisfied since we left Corinth and more contented than I was before it seems like home to me here where we are now. So now I don’t know much more to write for this time for I have wrote a letter to you and Peter last. Today I got them postage stamps that you sent me write soon so no more but my best respect to you all. So much from your husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C. Hetrick.

Letter 4 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee,” 3 Aug 1862 2pp

Memphis State of Tennessee

                     August the 3th 1862

My dear wife I take this present opportunity to day to write you afew lines to let you no that I am still in good helth and good spirit and I hope that these few lines may find you in the same health and I received your kind letter last Wensday and I red it with great pleasure further I let you no that we got pade yesterday for two months and I have send twenty dollars to the treasury I send it in Peters name for I think he can see to it better than you can if you want to buy enything you can take it if not he can put it in the bank and give you the jeck of if you can get a chance to lend it out so that it is safe you can do so we have had better times hear then we had since we left the boat and a nise place to camp hear great noos every day about the war but we can’t believe the half of the noos that we get I seen in the papers this morning that old Buregard has resind I was still in hopes that we could all go home till fall but if they want so many soldiers yet it is a pour sine of us getting home this fall but I think about home every day and I hope that you will take good care of your self and the baby till I can come back again and I will try and do the same it seems to me a long time since I left home and I think about you every day and I would like to see you and the baby very much and talk with you for I think that I could tell you lots more noos then I can write but I hope that time will come again so that we can all go home again and be happy I expect that they had happy times in Freemont yesterday but with us one day seems like the other we hardly no wen a Sunday comes. Last Sunday evening I was to meeting in town it was some thing news for me for it was the first time that I was in a meeting house since I left home so I don’t know much more to write for this time and I hant got time to write much more for it is time to go on guard now I hope that you will write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget your husband and I wont forget you as long as I live. So no more but my love and best respect to you so much from your affectionate husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C. Hetrick

Envelope is postmarked Memphis Aug 1862 (postage stamp was 3 cents)

[Memphis Ten

Aug 3 1862

Josephine C. Hetrick

West Fremont

Sanduskey Co Ohio]

 

Also included were two soldier’s hymns:

 

38 SOLDIERS’ HYMNS.

 

25. CHRIST A REFUGE FROM THE STORM.

 

1 Jesus, lover of my soul,

Let me to thy bosom fly,

While the billows near me roll,

While the tempest still is high

Hide me, Oh my Saviour, hide,

Till the storm of life is past;

Safe into the haven guide;

Oh receive my soul at last

 

2 Other refuge have I none;

Hangs my helpless soul on thee;

Leave, ah, Leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me.

All my trust on thee is stayed;

All my help from thee I bring;

Cover my defenceless head

With the shadow of thy wing

 

3 Thou, Oh Christ, art all I want;

More than all in thee I find;

Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,

Heal the sick, and lead the blind

 

SOLDIERS’ HYMNS                    37

34. CHRIST PRECIOUS C.M.

 

1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer’s ear

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds

And drives away his fear

 

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,

And calms the troubled breast

Tis manna to the hungry soul

And to the weary, rest

 

3 By him my prayers acceptance gain,

Although with sin defiled

Satan accuses me in vain,

And I am owned a child

 

4 Weak is the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought

But when I see thee as thou art,

I’ll praise thee as I ought

 

5 Till then, I would thy love proclaim

With every fleeting breath

And may the music of thy name

Refresh my soul in death              Newtes

 

Letter 5 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 8 Sep 1862 2pp

 

Memphis Tennessee Fort Pickering

September the eighth AD 1862

          My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I have setet my self to day to write a few lines to you to let you no that am in good health and hope to remain so till this war is over war time is a hard place for a sick person and I hope that this letter may find you all in the same state of helth

Further ile let you no that I reseived your kind letter to day and I was very glad to hear from you again I would like to hear from you [every week] I think about you very often and I wish to see you and the baby very much for it seems to me all my time [] but you musent trouble your self about me for I am trying to do as well as I can and trying to do as near [ ] as I can and I hope that you will try and do the same and take care of yourself and the baby and I will take care of my self as well as I can for that is all that I got to take care of her and I hope that you can stay their with my mother till this war gets settelt o wat a hapy time would it be if the noos would com that speech was [ ] so that we could all go home again

and live in peace again as we ust to wen I was

 

[5/2

at home [ ] heard [ ] and red a good deal about war but [ ] dittent [ ] that I would yet [ ] want to no I [ ] very acntious to [ ] I am [ ] are at home het for I am afraid that [ ] but I hope [ ] that they netent to [ ] nice wether hear [ ] only [ ] good [ ] hear [ ] no but if

5/3

Morning water to drink

You wrote that is agoing to get married [ ] but [ ] but I wish [ ] joy and a great bit boy and a hapy life all the days of their life so now I don’t know much more to write for this time but I would no lots more noos to tell you if I was with you but as it cant be now so we must write the best noos and leave the rest of

 

More to write for this time but I would

    More noos to tell you if I was there with you

 

 

More to write and I am getting tired writing

So now write as soon as this comes to hand and

 

And best respect to you one and all

So much from your loving husband John Hetrick to his loving wife Josephine c. Hetrick

So remember me when this you get

Good by

Letter 6 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p

Fort Pickering Memphis Tennessee

      September the 29th AD 62

Fifth division third brigade 72 rig Co C

          Dear obedient friend it is with much love and happiness that I take my pen in hand to scratch a few lines to let you know that I am well harty and as stout as a jack ass and I hope that you are as stout as I am and I was glad to get a letter from you and I read it with much pleasure and you wrote to me that I ust to take care of your baby and that you was a going to pay it back and I am very glad to hear it but I guess you no how your baby fixed me wonst and cast me out of bed and had to leave the house but that is all rite but you musent forget the time when I put you under the bed and I wish I could be there wen your birthday comes I would put you under again yes you no we ust to have hapy times together but now we are far apart so that we cant’ talk together all the fun that we have together is by writing and that hant as much satisfaction as if we could talk together but I hope the time will come again that we can talk together again and have our fun so no more but write soon and don’t forget me so much from your friend John Hetrick to Maryan Hetrick.

 

Letter 6b

 

Fort Tickreng Memphis Tennissee

          September the 29th (3) AD 1862

My dear belovet wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I have setet my self this plesent morning to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well and harty at present and I hope that these few lines may meet you all in the same blessing and further I received your kind letter yesterday and I read it with great pleasure I would like to read a letter from you every week for it is great satisfaction to me to hear from home every wonst and awhile for I am very anxious to hear all the noos that is going on at home further I let you no that we are in town again on brocade guard and Co C is on prison guard again at the same place where we was before but I guess we will be released in a few days we have nice weather here for the last week till today it rains alittle times are very dull here in Memphis it is no business dun at all of any account except government business the streets hant crowded with teems hear like they ust to be in Freemont we get lots of noos every day hear some is good noos and some bad. So we don’t no which to believe but we got good noos the last few days that McClelan is driving the rebels out of marland again and I hope it is so. The rebels send in noos last week that we had to leave in four days or else they would drive us out so they had about every man on duty for a few days but we hant drove out yet and I don’t believe that they will except losing a few men for we are getting well prepared for them now but I don’t believe that they will attack this place yet for they have their biggest force in Virginia now there is only Shermans division here now [hulbards] division left a few weeks ago i expect that there are hard times in the north as well as in the south but still the property don’t get destroyed as it does in the South what would you think if the South would come in the North and tear down the houses and destroy every thing that was in their way like we do here I can tell you it looks hard to see the folks leave their houses and get them tore down and everything destroyed as they do here but I hope that it will get settled before long so that we can all go home again. Them that is left yet but there are agood many brave soldiers that left their homes that will never get home any more it seems hard to think how many lives it costs and [ ] there will be through this war so I would be well satisfied if they could settle it without any more fighting for I have seen and heard enough of it to satisfy me I think if I was at home now with you that I could enjoy my self better than I can here for I think about you very often and wish that I could be with you but as we are so far apart so you must take good care of your self and the baby and I will try to do the same till we meet again I am very glad that you send your likeness I thought that was it that you was agoing to send that was so handsome men you wrote the other time I would like to so Johnson come for he is a [ ] feller so now I guess I must bring my letter to a close for I am getting tired and my paper is most to small to write much but you wrote that I should write more then you dit and so I thank I would write a little more but when you write again you must write more then I dit so now I must come to a close for this time but write as soon as this comes to hand and write to me all the noos So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends yours truly my dear wife Josephine C. Hetrick from John Hetrick

 

 

Letter 7 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 14 Nov 1862 1p

Fort Tickering Memphis Tennessee

 

November the 14th AD 1862

          My dear beloved wife it is the greatest of pleasure that I have setet my self to day to write to you to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may meet you all in the same state of health further I’ll let you no that I received your kind letter on the 7 of this month and I aut to wrote you sooner but the reason that I didn’t I thought that I would wait till George would come but he hant hear yet I expect that he muster stopt at Columbus that they don’t come and last Monday we had to go out on a scout and didn’t come back till yesterday afternoon and we had a hard time of it I think that we marched about 60 miles around I couldn’t tell where we was any more but the first that I made where we was we was to German Town and from there we came home in a half a day it was about 18 miles there were four regiments and battery and some cavalry along. It was very hard marching the first two days it was so dusty that we couldn’t hardly stand it and then on Tuesday night it rained all night so that is got so muddy that we could hardly get along and in all our scout I didn’t get the chance to shoot my gun off till we got home. I could tell you lots more about our scouting and what times we had if I could be with but so I can’t write the half that I no but I hope that the time will come before long so that we can be together again and be happy together. I think about you very often and wish to be with you very much but I think that you have got a good place to stay where you are so I don’t trouble my self about that and I was glad to hear that you got your self a bureau and if you need anything else you can take some of that money that I send home and get whatever you need and I am very glad to hear that the baby grows so fast. I am afraid that if I don’t get to go home pretty soon she will be big before I’ll get home and about them things that you send with George for me it was all rite for I gess that I need it yet this winter but we got them gloves yet that you nit for me and they are good yet and about us being paid off We hant been paid since the 2 of August and I don’t know when we will get paid yet. We all made out our clothing account that we lost at Shilo mine was only four dollars and 50 cents and some lost as much as thirty dollars worth that we will all get paid for. So now I must bring my letter to aclose so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget your dear husband. So my best respect to you all from your obedient husband John Hetrick to his affectionate wife Josephine C. Hetrick.

Letter 8 To JCH dtd “Camp near Moscow Tennessee,” 2 Jan 1863 1p ALS

          January the 2 AD 1863

          Camp near moscow Tennessee

          My dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to let you no that I am well and in good helth and I hope that these few lines ma meet you all the same further ile let you no that I got your kind letter day before yesterday and I was very glad to hear from you again it was the first male that we got since we left memphis and I got one from S fetterman to we left memphis on the 26 as I wrote that we would and I got my boots in the evening as we started the next morning and they fit me well and that towel I got to and I was very glad that I got them in time yet I wrote you that we was agoing down to jackson and vixburk we was down with in nine miles of oxfort miss and then we went back again we came back round by hollasprings from their to lagrange then to moscow and now we are campt about three miles from moscow at the railrode guarding a bridge they are fixing up this road to memphis the cars will run thru to memphis in a few days the rebels was well fortified at the talehache river but they left before we came their I wouldve wrote you sooner but I hadnt much chance to write since we left memphis for we was moving every few days so that I had no chance to write we ditent hear much news since we left memphis but we heard that they had a hard fite at richmond again and and we heard that vixburk is taken how it is I dont no it dont seem like winter hear to me for I only seen snow one day this winter and that was at memphis it is warm in day time but it is midlen cold nites we had some midlen hard marches since we left memphis and we had some good times we had anuf to eat and if the government couldent furnish us anuf we went after the chickens and hogs and eny thing that we could find fit to eat o I wish this war would come to an end so that we could go home for I am tired of this war for it seems to me a long while since we left home but still it hant quite a year yet you wrote that I should get my likeness taken and send it home but I cant get it taken now but if we get to a plase ware I can get it taken and get pade off again ile get it taken but when we get pade I dont no but we got mustert for six month pay the other day I wish george would come wonst I get tired wating for him but I expect that they are at memphis by this time I wish I couldve ben their when you

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